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Old 12-01-2015, 05:43 PM   #1
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Travelling in cold weather/heating concerns...

Looking for some friendly advice. My wife and I (with a small pooch) are leaving Canada on the 26th of December for Naples Florida. Since this is our first time driving down, in an RV, we were wondering if we needed to reserve hotel rooms on the way down (and back up) or if the motorhome's furnace will be sufficient? (Georgetown 335DS 2015)

Do we use the furnace while driving, or only while were stopped is one question/concern? Can we purchase propane in most Flying J's is another brain teaser... And lastly, where would you estimate the location where we would we be able to de-winterise our motorhome and use the facilities?

Thank you for your continuing support and excellent advice friends :-)

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Old 12-01-2015, 05:52 PM   #2
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Most J's have propane fill,when to (Unwinterize) is totally about Weather at your location! If you know where you will be Reservations are fine, but it puts you in a Deadline issue! Youroo!!
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Old 12-01-2015, 05:58 PM   #3
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Weather is very day to day type of a thing in December, so keep an eye on the forecast. We travel south from Illinois to South Texas the first part of December and normally dewinterize after the first day but not always. Note there are NO campgrounds open in Illinois after the first of November so camping here is not an option. The heater in our fifth wheel does a great job in keeping us warm even if very cold outside.
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Weather is very day to day type of a thing in December, so keep an eye on the forecast. We travel south from Illinois to South Texas the first part of December and normally dewinterize after the first day but not always. Note there are NO campgrounds open in Illinois after the first of November so camping here is not an option. The heater in our fifth wheel does a great job in keeping us warm even if very cold outside.
You can find camping in Illinois in State parks after November. They are not as nice as the Federal parks. If you are only planning to layover for a day or two, you will be ok. Check out ReserveAmerica.com if you plan on coming through Illinois.
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We traveled from coastal nc in January to Indiana it was snowing we stayed at hotel overnight in wv the next day we went on to Indiana to Rv plant for repairs we had gas heat on and Rv cab heat also thought we would freeze before we arrived we were in 40' pusher with good arctic package I would stay in hotel
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Old 12-01-2015, 06:31 PM   #6
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RV Heater will be more than enough to keep you warm. Just also pack an extra quilt or two.. It is 32 at night here in PA so I would keep dry until further south than here.. I have a TT.. So I would not spend the money on a hotel, that's why I got the trailer
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You can find camping in Illinois in State parks after November. They are not as nice as the Federal parks. If you are only planning to layover for a day or two, you will be ok. Check out ReserveAmerica.com if you plan on coming through Illinois.

Be sure to check if they have water supply or not as some don't after Oct. 31.


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Old 12-02-2015, 12:29 PM   #8
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You might find an average temperatures website helpful. I like this one: Climate - United States - Monthly averages

We're leaving Massachusetts for Florida on Friday. We think we will be able to de-winterize somewhere in Georgia. Can't wait for the warm weather! In the meantime, we'll be giving our furnace its first real test.
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Old 12-02-2015, 12:38 PM   #9
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Yeah, warmth is nice.. But after spending almost 2 weeks in Florida I do not know why or how people deal with the humidity.. 2am it was 80 and 100% humidity.. People next to us had sweatshirts on!

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I'm with you when it comes to humidity, but as the saying goes, "you don't have to shovel it".
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